Fast and furious: Meet seven Louisiana industrial firms that are among the quickest-growing in the nation

Andre Fontova and Brandon Chatham of Blast Tech in Broussard (Photography by Terri Fensel)

Success can come in various forms, but most of Louisiana’s fastest growing private companies share a common strength born out of adversity.

A couple of them opened their doors right before the oil market went bust, then had to pivot quickly into different markets. Others began their business as a “side gig” and navigated their way to success against the odds, while another sketched out plans on a kitchen table and sunk every available dime into the company.

Regardless of their inauspicious beginnings, those industrial-specific service companies qualifying for the 2019 Inc. 5000 ranking earned a combined revenue of more than $100 million last year, with some rather remarkable year-over-year growth. Case in point: The list’s highest-ranking Louisiana-based industrial service company, Blast Tech of Broussard, grew its revenue by a whopping 857% in just three years.

The business magazine ranked the companies according to their percentage of revenue growth from 2015 to 2018. There were some 37 companies from Louisiana that earned a spot on the list. Of those, seven provide services primarily to the industrial market.

In its latest cover story, 10/12 Industry Report interviewed top executives at all seven companies to uncover their secrets to success. Here are their stories, by order of rank.